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How To: Easy Geometric Nail Art Tutorial Using OPI’s Sheer Tints

Last week we introduced you to OPI Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coats—one of the many samples our members could receive in their Birchboxes this month. Now, we’re showing off a new way you can use Sheer Tints to create fun and easy nail art. With names like Don’t Violet Me Down and I Can Teal You Like Me, how can you go wrong?

—Blair

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Gunmetal Eye Tutorial: How to Take Your Eyes to Smoking Hot Heights

In this tutorial, Birchboxer Alina (our software engineer and fellow makeup addict), shows us how to master gunmetal eyes with the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette. Watch the video to see how she uses shades (black! silver!) that we normally avoid, to achieve the perfect winter weather look.

—Blair

Find this palette and more great Coastal Scents palettes in the Birchbox Shop

How To: Curl Short Hair

You may know Birchbox staffer Whitney as one of our dedicated discovery specialists, but what you probably don’t know is that she’s also a creative genius at work behind the scenes of our video program. Since she’s a hairstyling wiz to boot, we recently dragged her out from behind the camera to show off her skills with a curling iron on her newly-chopped hair. Watch the video above to learn how to transform a short bob into a curly style, perfect for a Saturday night out or getting prepped for the holiday party season.

Who says girls with long hair get to have all the fun? Let us know in the comments what your favorite short hair styles are—we may just persuade Whitney to make another tutorial! 

—Lorelei

Find all the products featured in this video in the Birchbox Shop.

Top Beauty Blunders: Foundation Blending

Blending your foundation is an essential skill that every makeup-wearing gal should know. A great base not only sets the stage for your entire makeup look, but it also ensures that people are looking at you and not your poor makeup job. We’ve all seen unfortunate cases of mismatched foundation, too-bright concealer, awkwardly covered brows, and more. 

Here, Birchbox staffer Deepica shows us how to avoid these top beauty blunders. (We can admit it: We’ve all fallen victim to at least one of these issues at some point.)

What are some of your biggest beauty blunders?

—Katrina

Got your foundation blending down pat? Check out these 4 Essential Eye Looks to add to your beauty résumé.

How To: Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial

A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook followers to vote on their favorite medium-length hairstyle and this triple braided overwhelmingly received the most love. Whether you need an easy wedding updo or a pretty way to keep your hair up, this boho-chic hairstyle should do the trick. All it takes is three simple braids, some bobby pins, elastics, and of course, hairsprayAnd while it’s lovely on its own, don’t be afraid to twist it to your taste—you can add pretty hair clips or other embellishments to make it your own.

Check out Candice’s video for the full tutorial on this gorgeous look. 

What are your go-to hairstyles for medium-length hair?

—Geraldine

Looking for a look that’s more sleek and professional? Here’s how the achieve the perfect easy sock bun.

Say Hello to Mally in the Birchbox Shop!

In case you missed it, earlier today we hosted our first-ever streaming Google+ Hangout with celebrity makeup artist and Mally Beauty founder Mally Roncal! You asked your questions live, and Mally answered with all her awesome tips and “gorgois” (that’s pronounced gor-JWAH, bien sûr) flare. 

Catch up in the video above—from the proper order for layering makeup to a no-fuss look that’s perfect for school—then check out Mally’s standout multitasking products in the Birchbox Shop. (We’re big fans of Mally’s Look five piece collection—it has everything that we need to primp for a night out). 

Are you a Mally fan? Tell us your favorite product in the comments below!

Some of our subscribers will be receiving Mally products in their August Birchbox—which you can still get! Here’s how you can join in the fun.

How To: Sock Bun Tutorial with The Wrap Up

In the summer, I always look for the easiest and quickest hairstyle option on the days I can’t be bothered with my long hair. One of my favorite go-to looks is the classic top knot. While it may seem like a simple hairdo, it can be a little tricky to get perfectly right. SarahPotempa’s The WRAP UP™ is a new tool to the Birchbox Shop that makes it super easy for me to roll my hair up and away from my face, keeping me cool while still looking polished. What makes it even better is that it secures the bun in place without bobby pins! Check out the video to learn how to use The Wrap Up to get that perfect sock bun because this look isn’t going anywhere. 

What’s your go-to summer hairstyle?

—Katrina

With hair away from your face, make sure you’re flaunting your best skin with these 5 Ways to Get Your Best Summer Skin Yet.

How to Fake a Tan Without Sunless Tanner: GIF Tutorial

We’ll never tire of video tutorials, but sometimes we want a step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to take a second look. Plus, they’re pretty fun to watch. Our new series will show how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes to sunless tanning—in simple, gif-tastic ways.

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Summer calls for a number of sleeveless occasions and sometimes we just don’t have time to go through the whole process of fake tanning to get that pretty bronzed glow. Enter: Caudalie Divine Legs. Part skin-firming lotion and part bronzer, this lightweight lotion gives limbs a subtle glow that even the palest of ladies can appreciate. 

And despite its name, there’s no reason you can’t use this lotion on your arms. In fact, we encourage it! Read on to see how editor Lorelei gets her arms bronzed and even in just a few minutes. 

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1. Grab your Caudalie Divine Legs and pump a small amount of lotion into your palm. And don’t worry about accidentally staining your hands — this innovative formula washes right off with soap and water!

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Friday Funday: 4 Ice Cream-Inspired Manis

Stop everything: did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month (aka the best month ever!?) We’re happily supporting this frozen treat initiative by eating the confection everyday. And since we’ve got ice cream on the brain all the time, we’re keeping the cravings at bay just a tiny bit with this delicious looking roundup of ice cream nail art:

Self-Scoop Cone by Lulu’s

These scoops and cones are cool graphics on their own, but summer magic happens when you get to put them together.

Ice Cream Sundaes by Kayla Shevonne

We’re transporting ourselves to a retro ice cream parlor with these striped pastel nails. Plop a cherry or some sprinkles on top and you’re good go!

Chocolate Drips by College Fashion

Sweeten up your look with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Be as creative as you want. We’re loving the strawberry syrup statement nail.

Mint Chocolate Chip by This is Bisque

Despite its name, the star of this mani is the waffle cone. Feel free to try other ice cream colors. After all, any flavor can match with a delicious base.

Which manicure is your favorite? Would you try any of these?

—Geraldine

Ice cream nails aside, would you try a nail ring?